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A Feminist Book Club for Everyone
Actress and activist Emma Watson announced some news today, and you're not going to like it...
...you're going to LOVE it!
Earlier today, the former Harry Potter star and key spokeswoman for the He For She organization posted an announcement of a new idea inspired by her work with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (or UN Women for short!). She has invited the world to join her newest Feminist book club. Anyone is permitted to join, and has named the group "Our Shared Shelf" for an open, friendly book club and discussion group.
The first pick is Gloria Steinem's memoir My Life on the Road. It is a collection of never heard stories and second-wave feminism wisdom from Steinem, including her start as a fledgling activist. Readers have until the last week of January to prepare for open discussion, Q&A with the author, and other activities. Over 50 discussion threads have already been created, discussing the meaning of equality and feminism, suggestions for the next book, etc.
I know, there are some of us that can go through a book in no time, so what other Feminist reading material can assuage your hunger? I've compiled a short list of recommended reading (besides Quail Bell, naturally) of all sorts, including novels, memoirs, short stories, magazines, and more! And remember, there's many, MANY more out there for you to explore!
The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys' Club by Eileen Pollack
A memoir-style book recognized as one of the Washington Post's notable nonfiction books of 2015. It is the account of one of the first women to earn a physics degree from Yale, only to leave behind aspirations of becoming a theoretical physicist after significant discouragement and other barriers Pollack faced.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani women's education activist shot by the Taliban and recovered to courageously continue her work. She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the creator of the Malala Fund.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
A small collection of revamped fairy tales with a strong feminist vibe. Why be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf when your mom shows up with an ax?
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Admittedly, I have not yet read The Awakening, though I have read other work by Chopin, most memorably The Story of an Hour, a controversial story first published by Vogue in the 1890's. Anyways, The Awakening is one of many great Feminist novels, so it was only proper to include it here.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A powerful novel about sisterhood, strong women, and quality honey.
UN Women Online Digital Library
The UN Women organization gives open-access to women's studies publications covering all regions of the world and many different topics. Multimedia such as videos and pictures are also available to browse.
Women Write About Comics
Into comics? Talented women write their perspective of comics, video games, and cartoons. Their website is attractive and neatly organized with subsections devoted to diversity, including the LGBTQIA community and race. Also makes time for origami and cookies.
Gloria Steinem came up earlier, so it's only fair. This publication gave 70's women a chance to discuss wage inequality and sexism. Today it is run by the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Les Femmes Folles
A "micro-feminist" publication and press that celebrates women and art.
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